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UAW strike will affect suppliers

Posted at 6:25 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 05:46:50-04

LANSING, Mich. — Workers at the plants that supply GM won't get any strike pay.

"We showed up this morning, and we only got paid for two hours. That's the best they could do. There was no production going on this morning," said Tori Rogers, an employee at Woodbridge, a supplier for GM.

Both Rogers and Jason Stephenson work at Woodbridge. They're affiliated with a different union so they don't get paid like the UAW workers on strike. Instead, they have to file for unemployment.

"It hurts my pockets cause I have to wait two weeks and I'm used to being paid every week. Now I have to figure out how I'm going to pay my bills, feed my kids. It's a struggle," said Stephenson.

Stephenson told Fox 47 that they have about two layoffs a year and it's something he and his family prepare for.

"We try to save about $20 each check. That way towards the shutdown, I have a couple of hundred dollars on top of my unemployment benefits to take care of my kids and whatnot.'

They said that they support the workers right to strike, but they hope the strike will end soon.

"People are tired. You have to fight for your rights," Rogers said.

For now, both Stephenson and Rogers are forced to wait it out until negotiations are met.

"Hopefully soon we'll get a return to work day and we'll just have to ride it out and hope for the best."

General Motors says it boosted its supply leading up to the strike so it has reportedly close to 80-day supply of trucks, cars, and crossovers.

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